Diary of Henry Machyn December 1557 is in Diary of Henry Machyn 1557.
04 Dec 1557. The iiij day of Desember was bered at Sheen at the the charter-howse ser Robart Rochester (63) knyght, the wyche he was chossen knyght of the garter, but he was never stallyd at Wyndsore, so [he] was not bered with the garter, butt after [the manner of another] knyght, for ther was a goodly herse of wax, v prensypalles, with viij dosen penselles, and viij dosen skochyons, and vj dosen torchys, and ij whyt [branches]; and a standard, and a penon of armes, and cot armur, elmett, targett, sword, mantylles, and iiij baners of emages, and a majeste and valanse, and master Claren[ceux] and master Lankester aroldes [heralds], and mony morners in [black]; and the masse and a sermon, and after a grett dener.
07 Dec 1557. The vij day of Desember ther was a woman [rode] in a care [cart] for horedume [whoredom] and bawdre.
08 Dec 1557. The viij day of Desember was bered my lade Rowlett, the wyff of ser Raff Rowllett (44) knyght, in the parryche of santt Mare Stannyng, with ij haroldes of armes and iiij baners of emages and iiij dosen skochyons, and ij whyt branchys, and ij dosen torchys and iiij gylt candyll-stykes, and iiij gret tapurs; and mony morners, and the clothyng of the Gold-smythes; and ys servandes bare torchys in blake cotes.
05 Dec 1557. The v day of Desember was sant Necolas evyn, and sant Necolas whent a-brod in most plases, and all Godys pepull received ym to ther howses and had good chere, after the old custum.
07 Dec 1557. [The xij day of December, being Sunday, there met certain persons that were Gospellers, and some pretended players, at] Yslyngtun, takyng serten men, [and one Ruffe,] a Skott and a frere, for the redyng of [a lecture, and] odur matters; and the communyon was play[ed, and should] have byne butt the gard cam to sune [too soon], or ever [the chief] matter was begone.
13 Dec 1557. The xiij day of Desember was bered in the parryche of sant Pulkurs with-owt Newgatt ser Wylliam West (49) knyght, with iij haroldes of armes, with a standard, penon of armes, cott-armur, elmett, targatt, sword, and ij baners of emages, ij whytt branchys, xij torchys, and the xij powre men had nuw gownes; and iiij gylt candyll-stykes, and iiij grett tapurs; and mony morners, boyth men and women; and iiij dossen of skochyons of armes; and the morowe iij masses songe, on of the Trenete, a-nodur of owre Lade, and the iij of requiem; and a trentalle of masses songe; and ther was ys standard and cott and elmet and the sword and the baners offered; and a sermon; and after to dener, for ther was a grett dener.
17 Dec 1557. The xvij day of Desember dyd ryd in a care a yonge man and a woman the wyff of John a badoo the bowd, and she was the bowd, and she was wypyd at the care-ar[se], and the harlott dyd bett [beat] her: and nold [an old] harlott of iij skore and more led the hors, lyke a nold hore [an old whore].
25 Dec 1557. The xxv day of Desember was bered [the lady] Freston (42), the wyff of ser Recherd Freston (57) knyght, and cofferer unto quen Mare (41)—the iiij and v of the [king and queen's reign] of England,—in Suffoke.
10 Dec 1557. The x day of Desember ther ryd a man thrugh London, ys fase toward the horse tayle.
25 Dec 1557. The xxv day of Desember wher dyvers [courtiers] was removyd unto he-her [higher] rommys; as ser Edward Hastynges (36), master of the quen's hors, was mad lord chamburlayn; and ser Thomas Cornwalles comptroller; ser Hare Jarnyngham (45) the master of the hors; and ser Hare Benefeld (48) fee-chamburlayn and captayn of the gard.